Mark Steven Tapper - Morris Nilsen Funeral Chapel

December 29, 1955 - September 3, 2022

Mark Steven Tapper

Age 66, of Richfield, passed away peacefully at home after a long illness. His dance with cancer is over. Retired Minneapolis Public School Teacher. Survived by wife, Susie Gillham; children, Erin (Phil) Groth and Anisa Tapper; siblings, Lori Tapper, Julie (Kurt) Dalquist and Joel Tapper; numerous loving nieces, nephews, great-nephews and friends. Preceded in death by father, Harold Tapper; and mother, Jane (nee, Whitcomb) Tapper; loyal dog, Nash.

Tribute to Mark will be held at the family home on Sunday, September 11 from 4:00PM - 7:00PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Minneapolis Public Schools Athletic Department: Adapted Athletics.


  1. Leonard Polizzi says:

    My heart brakes a million times over with the passing of my friend and shipmate. Mark and I became life long friends somewhere in south east Asia in March of 1976. We remained friends since then. There 6 or 7 of us who remain friends to this day, bonds that are impossible to break. I was fortunate to have had a few days visit here in Rochester, NY in the summer of 2019. We had a blast with music, baseball and good times for those three days. Amongst our close group of 6 Mark and I were the Liberal bastions and according to us we won every argument. I was affectionately called a Bolshevik. Mark and I were the Liberal school teachers amongst our friends. We had a lot of laughs. I am going to miss our talks about music and politics as well as our profession. I am a better person for having fate allowing our paths to cross all those years ago. Be well my friend. Rest easy. I will see you in the next world and I won’t be late. Love ya.

  2. Ellen Dunkle says:

    Tapper was a great man! I had the privilege of working with him at Washburn High School. He will be missed but never forgotten!

  3. Mollie Miller says:

    OMG! I am in shock! I just heard this news. Not sure if anyone is going to see this but going to post anyways. Mark was an amazing human who helped so many. His passion and talent in working with youth was remarkable. My heart aches for Sue and the kids. He was someone who I looked to in the youth work field. He helped countless kids find their way.
    Sue please reach out to me
    I can’t find your contact information.

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